Yoko Ono is an award-winning multi-media artist and peace activist, who constantly challenges and stretches the traditional boundaries of sculpture, painting, theater and music. Her seminal performance art in the early 1960s, experimental films and collaborative music with John Lennon in the 1970s and international
one-woman shows and retrospectives during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s illustrate her varied career.
Some of Yoko Ono’s achievements include:
- Grammy Award 1982 – “Double Fantasy” Album of the Year; Yoko Ono and John Lennon – Artists and Producers, NYC
- MOJO Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 – MOJO music magazine, London
- Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement in Art 2009, Venice Bienniale, Venice, Italy
- ArtTable Award 2010 – Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts, NYC
- 3rd Hiroshima Art Prize 2011, Hiroshima, Japan
- Oskar Kokoschka Prize for Applied Arts 2012, Vienna, Austria
Yoko Ono is well known for her peace initiatives both by herself and, later, with events created with her husband John Lennon: Bed-In for Peace and War Is Over! (If You Want It).
She is now widely known for her more recent events with her IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland and participatory Wish Trees throughout the world.
Reflecting on her reputation for being outrageous, Yoko smiles and says, “I do have to rely on my own judgement. I have my own rhythm and my own timing, and that’s simply how it is.”
For more about Yoko Ono, visit IMAGINEPEACE.com.
Photograph: Iain Macmillan © Yoko Ono